Mexican Spiced Bahn Mi (Vietnamese Sandwiches)
I am a real California Girl. Well, not in the blonde, surfery, tan sort of way that people in far-flung places imagine California girls. I am a California girl in that I’ve been lucky enough to grow up amongst the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of a mish mash of cultures.
When you eat my food, you’ll always taste a hint of my French upbringing, I just can’t seem to help it. Whenever I think I’ve created something soooo authentically Mexican or Chinese, it comes out a little “Frenchxican” or Chinoise. Perhaps that’s why I adore Vietnamese sandwiches so much. They are traditional Vietnamese meats with shredded veggies, cilantro, & jalapeño, on French baguettes slathered with a good dose of mayo.
Here, I’ve taken my love of wild mixtures one step further with a Mexican Spiced Bahn Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich). I replace the regular shredded carrots with a mixture of carrots, apples, and beets. The meat is a spicy & sweet carne asada (of course) and we make a lovely lime & cilantro aioli for our baguettes. This is a quick and lovely meal for family and friends or a pretty and tasty sandwich just for you on a Saturday afternoon.